The grieving daughter of pensioner Molly Morgan made a heartfelt plea for people to come forward and help find her mother's killler.
Almost a week after the 81-year-old was attacked in Streatfiled Road, Kenton, her daughter Hilary tearfully begged for witnesses to come forwward.
The 51-year-old said: "My mum, Molly Morgan, was a wonderful woman, active and full of life. I still can't believe she has been taken away by such a coward, in such a terrible way.
"I feel like a part of me has been torn apart. Whoever did this would do the same again to anyone's mum or gran so it is the most important thing for me to find ther person who killed my mum.
"She had a wonderful sense of humour and was full of laughter. She cared so much about her neighbours and the community and they cared about her. They are all devastated by the news of her murder.
"We spoke everyday and her creative nature meant that she always told me to follow my heart. that's why I stayed up all night to do the most important painting of my life. But now all I am left with is memories.
"I am trying to come to terms with my loss but I never even had a chance to say goodbye. It happened so quickly.
"The thing I find hardest is that I am absolutely torn up inside but I am finding it so hard to cry. It is horrible. The impact is only just beginning to sink in."
"I have lived as a woman alone in London and I know what it's like but I would say to anybody who saw her and didn't realise what was going on, or didn't want to get involved - it's not too late to come forward.
"If you were there please get in touch with the police, because you might, just might, have seen something that will help find this person.
"My favourite memory of my mum - she sometimes used to like going to the Globe Theatre with me. We went to see the Merry Wives of Windsor for her 81st birthday treat.
"She found it a real hoot and we sat with sandwiches on the bank of the Thames. I remember asking her if she wanted to sit down and she said that she preferred standing because it was closer to the stage. She never let anything cramp her style."
Mrs Morgan's daughter said her mum knew the area had problems but never let that stop her doing what she wanted to do.
Detective Chief Inspector Jessica Wadsworth, leading the investigation, said the pensioner had been wearing ear-muffs with faint leopard skin prints and walked with a stoop.